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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Claims Best Opening Day of 2014 with $55 MillionNovember 22, 2014 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened to $55 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $17 million start. While Friday's showing is down 22.5 percent from Catching Fire's $71 million opening day, the first Mockingjay drew a stronger Thursday-to-Friday multiple (3.2x) than did Catching Fire (2.8x) from its $25.25 million early shows on the same weekend last year.

Fans and casual viewers didn't feel the need to rush out so abruptly for Mockingjay - Part 1, which can likely be explained by a number of reasons such as the lack of a true ending to the story, the general perception that Mockingjay is the least favorite among fans of the original book series, hazardous snowstorms plaguing some parts of the country, and other contributing factors. How the film plays out from here will be even more telling, although it seems like the general consensus for now is that split stories and split finales have finally played out some of their welcome among audiences. The only franchise to mostly escape that fate thus far has been Harry Potter, which essentially began the trend with November 2010's Deathly Hallows Part 1. That film bowed to a $61.7 million opening day as part of a $125 million weekend.

Early word of mouth for the first half of Mockingjay is mostly positive with an 83 percent Flixster score as of Saturday morning, although that's down from Catching Fire's excellent 1-day after score of 94 percent. Critics haven't been as kind to the film this time around either (driven by the same aversion to split finales), giving it a 68 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. All of this being said, the film will still claim 2014's best opening weekend thus far with a projected $122 million. That figure could go higher if this entry proves to be a bit more back-loaded by general audiences. Where the film lands in the end is difficult to tell right now given the new territory the franchise is in right now, but combined with strong overseas returns, Lionsgate still has plenty of reason to be satisfied as they prepare the series' final film for November 2015.

Meanwhile, Big Hero 6 took second place yesterday with $4.48 million. That figure was down 44 percent from last Friday, identical to Wreck-It Ralph's drop on its third Friday. Big Hero 6 has tallied $120.1 million domestically so far, placing it 12 percent ahead of Ralph's pace. BoxOffice projects an $18.9 million weekend.

Dumb and Dumber To slid 70 percent from opening day to $4.3 million yesterday. With $47.95 million in the bank through eight days of release, BoxOffice is projecting a $13.9 million sophomore frame.

Interstellar was off 49 percent from last Friday to $4.22 million yesterday. Christopher Nolan's space epic has earned a domestic total of $109.8 million through its first 15 days. BoxOffice projects a $14 million third weekend.

Rounding out the top five in a tie for Friday, Gone Girl and Beyond the Lights each brought in $0.8 million. The former title's domestic haul is now up to $154.8 million, while the latter title's 8-day gross stands at $8.3 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Mar. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$7,392,50711%2,756--$2,682$14,024,1391Relativity Media
2Rango$6,490,78253%3,843-80$1,689$87,982,1373Paramount
3Battle: Los Angeles$6,134,77537%3,4170$1,795$56,620,0242Sony / Columbia
4The Lincoln Lawyer$5,606,02537%2,707--$2,071$9,693,2171Lionsgate
5Paul$5,113,65014%2,802--$1,825$9,582,8401Universal
6Red Riding Hood$3,089,83027%3,0300$1,020$24,223,9632Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$2,593,50043%2,660-187$975$47,249,4253Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$2,314,50055%3,1170$743$13,891,0622Disney
9Beastly$1,378,62124%1,810-149$762$21,473,6093CBS Films
10Hall Pass$1,089,41729%1,905-650$572$38,921,2394Warner Bros. / New Line
11Just Go With It$1,001,72233%1,708-690$586$97,473,5946Sony / Columbia
12Gnomeo and Juliet$974,84649%1,748-837$558$92,915,7456Disney
13The King's Speech$938,61565%1,249-519$751$131,949,75317Weinstein Company
14Unknown (2011)$567,59239%1,401-902$405$60,791,1645Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$452,94136%955-1050$474$52,388,2645Disney / DreamWorks
2Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$335,94756%550-381$611$36,250,1775Fox
3Cedar Rapids$230,62156%46268$499$5,332,0416Fox Searchlight
4Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$195,94836%480-767$408$72,079,3036Paramount
5Yogi Bear$190,16750%43834$434$99,282,19014Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$127,85447%282-27$453$97,881,42810Sony / Columbia
7True Grit (2010)$116,15252%268-133$433$169,722,93413Paramount
8The Fighter$100,49554%316-147$318$93,313,62415Paramount
9Black Swan$76,61446%191-146$401$106,258,46616Fox Searchlight
10No Strings Attached$66,57426%232-22$287$70,216,3879Paramount
11Take Me Home Tonight$54,60318%281-1722$194$6,667,8573Relativity Media
12The Rite$43,67129%202117$216$32,825,9358Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Roommate$35,70237%112-101$319$37,286,5807Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$197,30655%2622$7,589$578,0062Focus
2Kill the Irishman$67,59287%2116$3,219$295,7122Anchor Bay Films
3Win Win$65,95075%5--$13,190$103,6161Fox Searchlight
4Hubble 3D$57,51713%490$1,174$22,798,39353Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Biutiful$38,99350%89-25$438$4,674,03112Roadside Attractions
6The Music Never Stopped$36,25880%32--$1,133$56,3511Roadside Attractions
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$28,45548%94-28$303$294,805,91318Warner Bros.
8The Mechanic$22,66250%9957$229$28,980,6198CBS Films
9The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$21,44433%82-41$262$104,211,40315Fox
10The Eagle$19,03629%92-7$207$19,353,2876Focus
11Drive Angry$16,64534%95-456$175$10,500,6604Summit
12Blue Valentine (2010)$14,87663%43-17$346$9,566,22512Weinstein Company
13The Company Men$14,67762%58-5$253$4,201,4699Weinstein Company
14127 Hours$8,14268%32-47$254$18,278,49720Fox Searchlight
15happythankyoumoreplease$7,75959%12-7$647$131,5223Anchor Bay Films
16I Love You Phillip Morris$6,11998%11-1$556$1,993,26316Roadside Attractions
17Gulliver's Travels (2010)$5,200-2%43-56$121$42,700,27213Fox
18Season of the Witch$5,19838%31-23$168$24,819,48511Relativity Media
19Rabbit Hole$4,73971%29-9$163$2,182,10314Lionsgate
20Nostalgia for the Light$4,63937%1--$4,639$8,0281Icarus Films
21From Prada to Nada$3,48250%27-6$129$2,969,1028Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$2,40049%52$480$79,9446Phase 4 Films
23Winter's Bone$423124%4-5$106$6,530,14341Roadside Attractions